Verstappen’s dad criticised after reaction to Sergio Perez win caught on camera
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Max Verstappen has never been one to lose with dignity in F1 – a trait he's seemingly inherited from his dad!
The Dutchman, who took victory in the season opener in Bahrain as he bids for a third straight world championship, was dealt a hammer blow in Saudi Arabia when engine problems left him 15th on the grid for the Grand Prix. But he still seared through to finish second behind teammate Sergio Perez, having been aided by a late safety car.
Not that the 25-year-old was satisfied with his surge to the podium though. Afterwards a glum Verstappen, who sparked controversy last season in Brazil when he refused to adhere to team orders and give up his place to Perez, quipped he's "not here to be second."
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For Perez though, it meant a fifth F1 win and more elaborate celebrations in the Red Bull camp, with the team having now notched back-to-back one-two finishes. However, Twitter footage of Perez being mobbed by colleagues inadvertently caught a glum Jos Verstappen stood amongst the chaos.
Indeed, the 51-year-old appeared anything but happy, failing to even acknowledge the Mexican. Instead, he bleakly stared in the opposite direction, prompting fans to pile in on the ex-Benetton man.
@TKing1383 referred to the notion that Red Bull chiefs favour Verstappen, tweeting: "Jos Verstappen is probably complaining at this very moment to Horner and Marko as to why they didn’t slow down 'Checo' for Max to catch up to him."
@krrishhd added: "Father and son need to realise the fact that it's not theirs to win every race. Checo was brilliant yesterday and glad there were no team orders. Max needs to be a bit more humble considering he has 2 world championships under his name."
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The undignified reaction was also ironic give Antonio Perez, father of the Mexican driver, has regularly been spotted congratulating Verstappen after his race wins. Indeed, @Shandby said: "Papa Perez would have hugged Max or congratulated him if he had been in his place."
Tensions between the two drivers are only set escalate further mind, with no other teams appearing capable of matching their pace thus far. It leaves pundits and fans touting Perez, 33, as the only realistic challenger to Verstappen's crown this year.
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